The Climate Prediction Center is out with its forecast for fast-approaching winter and the first question many Minnesotans will have is, how cold will it be and how much snow will we get?  Brad Pugh with NOAA says there’s no clear indication whether November, December and January will have above- or below-normal temperatures — but if you include February…

“Temperature outlook does slightly favor below-normal temperatures for Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U-P in Michigan.”

And what about snow?

“We’re going with equal chances of below-, near-, or above-normal precipitation.”

Pugh says we’re going into a La Nina winter, when cold snaps usually occur later in the season across the Upper Midwest.